Per Hasselberg (1850 -1894) was one of Sweden’s leading sculptors towards the end of the 19th century – mainly known for his sensual sculptures. Hasselberg grew up in Blekinge, but moved to Paris as a young man, where he studied under Francois Jouffroy. At the 1881 Salon in Paris Hasselberg’s Snöklockan (Spring Snowflake) was accepted. The sculpture was rewarded with anhonourable mention which lead to the sculptor’s definitive breakthrough and entry into the Swedish art scene. The Nationalmuseum ordered Snöklockan in marble, which was purchased in 1883 at a price of SEK 6,000. The choice of the title Spring Snowflake is not clear, however, unless it is given the widest meaning. It suggests something like the awakening of nature after a long winter’s sleep.